This film is great as a mentor text for teaching suspense, characterization, poetic justice, plot elements, and conflict. I bought this film on iTunes. Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, Amazon (if you have Prime), and https://www.shortoftheweek.com/ are also great places to find short films free of charge. The film is not included with this lesson.
Why I Love Short Films: Movie rentals cost about $5 on Amazon and iTunes. For $1.99-$2.99 you can own a short film in your video library. With short films, you spend less time on the movie watching and more time on the learning. Because they are really short, the films can be watched multiple times and be carefully analyzed.
Teaching with short films is a great way to engage struggling readers and English language learners and give them a scaffold that enables them to actively participate in discussions with peers about literary terms.
Each film lesson comes with:
1. An overview of key literary terms emphasized in the film
2. An essential question, which can be used for a writing prompt at the end of the lesson
3. Discussion prompts, which can be used as topics for give one get one, think pair share, turn and talk or quick writes
4. A plot map (filled in) and a blank form for use as a student worksheet
5. Literary analysis skills worksheets ("Forever Mime" focuses on inference, suspense, and poetic justice)
6. Writing prompts for more in-depth analysis
7. Suggestions for extending the lesson, which can be used to extend the length of the lesson, as homework, or as a challenge activity for GATE students and/or connections to other stories in film or literature
In short, there is enough material here for a week’s worth of lessons, or you can pick and choose the learning that you want to focus on for a single day’s lesson.